Speakers

Industry

Ajit Mohan

Mr. Ajit Mohan

CEO, Hotstar

Ajit Mohan leads Star India’s digital business. In the last 2 years at Star, he has launched and grown two leading platforms: starsports.com launched in June 2013, and hotstar, which has become India’s leading OTT platform for professional content.

Prior to Star, Ajit spent five years at McKinsey & Company, first in New York in its media practice, where he worked with media companies in North America, Europe and Latin America, and two years as a Fellow at the McKinsey Global Institute, where he co-authored India’s Urban Awakening, a 2010 report that outlined a new policy approach to India’s rapid urbanization.

He holds an MA in Economics and International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and BSc in Computer Engineering from NTU in Singapore.

Mr. Ajit Mohan

(CEO, Hotstar)

Bipin Preet Singh

Mr. Bipin Preet Singh

Founder, MobiKwik

Mr. Bipin Preet Singh founded One Mobikwik Systems Private Limited in 2008 and has been its Chief Executive Officer since August 2009.

Mr. Singh co-founded Zaak ePayment Services Pvt Ltd. in 2010 and serves as its New Products Officer. He built the core payments engine at Zaakpay to solve the payment problems he faced running his eCommerce venture MobiKwik.com.

Bipin started MobiKwik with the vision of making mobile payments easier for the average Indian user.His current focus is on taking the MobiKwik Wallet to a billion Indians (user growth), product innovation, and investor relations. Bipin has worn several hats at MobiKwik – from writing Java code, to Customer Support and Marketing. Prior to his entrepreneurial journey, he was at Intel, Nvidia and Freescale Semiconductors.

Before starting MobiKwik, he was a Platform Architect at companies like Intel, Nvidia & Freescale and had no exposure to programming. Mr. Singh has a B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi.

Mr. Bipin Preet Singh

(Founder, MobiKwik)

Ms Cheri Mcguire

Ms. Cheri Mcguire

Group Chief Information Security Officer, Standard Chartered

Ms. McGuire serves as Group Chief Information Security Officer at Standard Chartered Bank. Joining in June of 2016 and based in London, she is responsible for information and cyber security governance, strategy, third party risk management, regulatory engagement, policy development, vulnerability assessments, training and awareness, and industry partnerships.

With more than 25 years of industry and government experience, she sits on the World Economic Forum Global Council on the Future of Cybersecurity, and on the boards of The George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security and the UK Cyber Defence Alliance.

From 2010 to 2012, she served as Chair of the US IT Sector Coordinating Council – one of 16 critical sectors identified by the President and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to partner with the government on critical infrastructure protection (CIP) and cybersecurity. Prior to joining the Bank, she served for six years as Vice President of Global Government Affairs and Cybersecurity Policy at Symantec.

Ms. Cheri Mcguire

(Group Chief Information Security Officer, Standard Chartered)

Mr. C. Mohan

Mr. C. Mohan

IBM Fellow and Former IBM India Chief Scientist; Distinguished Visiting Professor, Tsinghua University, Beijing; US NAE Member, INAEForeign Fellow, ACM and IEEE Fellow

C. Mohan is an Indo-American computer scientist. After growing up there and finishing his undergraduate studies in Chennai, he moved to the United States in 1977 for graduate studies. After having been an Indian citizen from birth, since 2007 he has been an American citizen and an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI).

Currently, he is an IBM Fellow based at the IBM Almaden Research Center (San Jose, California).He is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at China's Tsinghua University.

Mr. C. Mohan

(IBM Fellow and Former IBM India Chief Scientist; Distinguished Visiting...)

Ms. Emma Smith

Ms. Emma Smith

Group Technology Security Director, Vodafone

Emma is Vodafone’s Group Technology Security Director, responsible for all aspects of information and cyber security. The global security teams in Vodafone are responsible for setting security policy in line with local laws, implementing new technologies and controls, securing new products and services and 24x7 cyber defence capabilities. Emma is passionate about security. Specifically, about evolving security to protect customers against changing threats and the opportunity to contribute to improving the safety of the communities we operate in.

Prior to joining Vodafone, Emma was Security Director at the Royal Bank of Scotland. In her role, she was responsible for fraud prevention, information & cyber security, intelligence, physical security, business resilience and records management. Before that she held a number of leadership positions within the Group Internal Audit team.

Ms. Emma Smith

(Group Technology Security Director, Vodafone)

Mr. Lalitesh Katragadda

Mr. Lalitesh Katragadda

National Information Platform for next Billion; former Google India head for Products

Lalitesh Katragadda co-founded Google India and was its founding Joint Center Head for two years and retired from Google as Head of India products having invented, led several products including Google Map Maker, Crowdsourced YouTube Subtitles, Crowdsourced translation corpus, Google Transliteration and Google Finance.

He is now focused on India’s nation building as the founder of Swaja Labs, Indihood, as an architect of Digital India’s Open API and AP Government’s Fiber Grid.

Mr. Lalitesh Katragadda

(National Information Platform for next Billion; former Google India head for Products)

Mukesh Ambani

Mr. Mukesh Ambani

Chairman, MD, RIL

Mr. Mukesh D. Ambani is a Chemical Engineer from the Institute of Chemical Technology. He pursued an MBA from Stanford University in the US. He has been on the Board of Reliance since 1977. He initiated Reliance’s backward integration journey – from textiles to polyester fibres and further onto petrochemicals and petroleum refining, and going upstream into oil and gas exploration and production. He created multiple new world-class manufacturing facilities involving diverse technologies that have raised Reliance’s petrochemicals manufacturing capacities from less than a million tonnes to about 21 million tonnes per year.

In the late nineties, Mr. Mukesh Ambani spearheaded the creation of the world’s largest grassroots petroleum refinery at Jamnagar in Gujarat, India, with a capacity of 660,000 barrels per day (33 million tonnes a year), and integrated it with petrochemicals, power generation, port and related infrastructure.

He also led Reliance’s development of infrastructure facilities and implementation of a pan-India organized retail network spanning multiple formats and supply chain infrastructure. Today, Reliance Retail is the largest organised retail player in India. He has created global records in customer acquisition for Jio, Reliance’s digital services initiative.

Mr. Mukesh Ambani

(Chairman, MD, RIL)

Mr. Mohd. Asif Iqbal

Mr. Mohd. Asif Iqbal

PwC, Principal Consultant

He has more than ten years of experience in Human Capital consulting and Egov consulting. He designed functional competency framework for large (NBFC) client for their insurance business. He designed and implemented social inclusion strategy enabling Aadhaar enrollment for marginalize groups such as disabled residents, leprocy affected residents, homeless, migrant labours in India for UIDAI.

He has conducted assessment center for leadership team for large financial institutions was a part of team who was instrumental in launching HR analytics services for Pwc India territory. He is also a part of Pwc advisory interviewing panel at leading campus (IE: IIM Lucknow, IIM Ranchi, IIM Shilong, etc) and is also on interviewing panel for Rahmani 30 program.

He was part of Pwc Global team on Diversity & Inclusion council which facilitated in launching of global toolkit for engaging disabled talents which was adopted by various territories such as Brazil, China, Korea, etc. He is currently serving as board member National HRDN network Kolkata chapter, President of NGO (Welfare Society for the blind), member of CII CSR/ HR committee, member of high level advisory committee for Universal Access department of electronics & IT, government of India.

Mr. Mohd. Asif Iqbal

(PwC, Principal Consultant)

Paul Nicholas

Mr. Paul Nicholas

Microsoft’s Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy Team

Paul Nicholas leads Microsoft’s Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy Team. Paul has been deeply involved in cybersecurity and international security issues for 20 years. During his time at Microsoft, he has led policy and strategy teams focusing on understanding the future of security, cloud computing and international relations in cyberspace. He participates as a subject matter expert for World Economic Forum on cyber resilience and systemic risk. He also helped create two non-profits to improve secure development and incident response.

Prior to joining the Microsoft, Paul spent over eight years in the U.S. Government, focusing on emerging threats to economic and national security. From 2002-2004, he served as White House Director of Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection. In that role, he coordinated the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace and Homeland Security Presidential Decision Directive 7. Paul also served in the legislative branch, working as a senior policy advisor for U.S. Senator Robert F. Bennett and as a staff member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism and Government Information. He has also served as an Assistant Director at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and as an analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Paul earned a B.A. from Indiana University, an M.A. from Georgetown University, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

Mr. Paul Nicholas

(Microsoft’s Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy Team)

Prasanto Kumar Roy

Mr. Prasanto Kumar Roy

VP & Head, NASSCOM Internet, Mobile & E-commerce Council

Prasanto Kumar Roy is a media consultant with a focus on digital, and two decades' experience in web and print publication management, including editorial and business. He is a writer on technology, social media, greentech and internet issues for BBC, IANS, NDTV, Al-Jazeera, inter al.

He is an analyst, writer and commentator on internet issues. He serves as a technology analyst and commentator for NDTV, CNBC, CNN-IBN, Headlines Today, BBC online, Greenpeace, TERI events.

Part of 'Megatrends 2020' program by FICCI Young Leaders; speaker at FYL Megatrends Roadshow at IIM-Ahmedabad, Indian School of Business, Hyd, XLRI, etc.

He works closely with St Stephen's College and St Xavier's School, Delhi, as a part of alumni organisation, in mentor and placement programs, scholarship and fundraising events and activities.

Mr. Prasanto Kumar Roy

(VP & Head, NASSCOM Internet, Mobile & E-commerce Council)

R Chandrashekhar

Mr. R Chandrashekhar

President, NASSCOM

R Chandrashekhar is the current president of NASSCOM and former Secretary to the Indian Department of Information Technology, as well as former Secretary, Department of Telecommunications. He is also a member of the government's technology advisory group, TAGUP. Chandrashekhar is an Indian Administrative Services officer.

He holds a distinguished career in the Department of Information Technology, where he initiated the National e-Governance Programme. Chandrashekhar first initiated the three pillars of "e-Governance", namely: Common Service Centre Programme; the State Data Centre Programme; and the State Wide Area Network Programme of India.

He is also a former Telecom Secretary of India, a position putting him in charge of the 2G spectrum auction in 2012. The auction had gained widespread attention after the Supreme Court quashed 2G licenses issued in 2008 and called for a fresh auction of the affected licenses.

Mr. R Chandrashekhar

(President, NASSCOM)

Sanjay Katkar

Mr. Sanjay Katkar

Co- Founder, Quick Heal

Sanjay Katkar is the Co-founder, Joint Managing Director & Chief Technology Officer of Quick Heal Technologies Limited since its inception. He leads the global technology strategy and is responsible for the core research and development of cyber security solutions and for driving product vision and innovation to provide best in class experience to retail and enterprise customers. In addition, he oversees Quick Heal Security Labs, the threat research and response division of the company.

As a passionate cyber security expert, Sanjay’s expertise lies in analyzing the Global threat landscape and investing in next generation technologies to ensure Quick Heal Technologies is at the forefront of innovation.

Sanjay is a reporting member of The Wild List Organization International, USA. In 2016, Sanjay Katkar was named the Product Management Executive of the Year at the 12th Annual Global Excellence awards overseen by Info Security Products Guide, a leading information security research and advisory guide, in San Francisco, USA. He has served as Director of Association of Anti-Virus Researchers, Asia (AAVAR).

Mr. Sanjay Katkar

(Co- Founder, Quick Heal)

Shradha Sharma

Ms. Shradha Sharma

Founder and Chief Editor, YourStory

Shradha Sharma is the founder, CEO and chief editor of YourStory, a media technology platform for entrepreneurs. Before starting YourStory in 2008, she served as an Assistant Vice President at CNBC TV18 and also a Brand Adviser at Times of India.

Her company has been described as "India's biggest and definitive platform for start-ups and entrepreneurs-related stories, news, resources and research reports. YourStory has received investments from Ratan Tata, Vani Kola, Karthee Madasamy and T V Mohandas Pai.

Shradha Sharma has earned a bachelor's and master's degree in history from St. Stephen's College, Delhi and an MBA from Maryland Institute College of Art.

Ms. Shradha Sharma

(Founder and Chief Editor, YourStory)

Sunil Bharti Mittal

Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal

Founder and Chairman, Bharti Enterprises

Sunil Bharti Mittal is the Founder and Chairman of Bharti Enterprises, one of India’s leading conglomerates with diversified interests in telecom, insurance, real estate, agri and food, besides other ventures.

Bharti Airtel, the group’s flagship company, is amongst the world’s largest telecommunications companies, offering mobile, high speed home broadband, digital TV and B2B services to over 379 million customers across India, South Asia and Africa. Sunil has been the pioneer of the mobile revolution in India.

Sunil is a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, one of India’s highest civilian honors, awarded to individuals for demonstrating distinguished services of high order. Deeply associated with the cause of education, Sunil is on Harvard University’s Global Advisory Council, Board of Dean’s Advisors at HBS and Governing Board of the Indian School of Business.

Sunil believes that a responsible corporate has a duty to give back to the community in which it operates. This belief has resulted in Bharti Foundation which is reaching out to approximately 2,00,000 students through over 1,700 schools/centres, engaging 7,100 teachers across 13 Indian states through its initiatives in the education sector. Sunil was ranked among the Top 25 Philanthropists in the World in 2009 by the Barron’s Magazine.

Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal

(Founder and Chairman, Bharti Enterprises)

Mr. Sriram Rajamani

Mr. Sriram Rajamani

MD, Microsoft Research India

Sriram Rajamani is Managing Director of Microsoft Research India. His research interests are in designing, building and analyzing computer systems in a principled manner. Over the years he has worked on various topics including Hardware and Software Verification, Type Systems, Language Design, Distributed Systems, Security and Privacy, Cloud Security and Probabilistic Programming.

Together with Tom Ball, he was awarded the CAV 2011 Award for “contributions to software model checking, specifically the development of the SLAM/SDV software model checker that successfully demonstrated computer-aided verification techniques on real programs.” Sriram was elected ACM Fellow in 2015 for contributions to software analysis and defect detection. Recently, Sriram has been elected Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering.

Sriram has a PhD from UC Berkeley, MS from University of Virginia and BEng from College of Engineering, Guindy, all with specialization in Computer Science. Sriram was general chair for POPL 2015 in India, and was program Co-Chair for CAV 2005. He co-founded the Mysore Park Series, and the ISEC conference series in India. He served on the CACM editorial board till recently.

Mr. Sriram Rajamani

(MD, Microsoft Research India)

Mr. Subho Ray

Mr. Subho Ray

President, IAMAI

As president of IAMAI, Subho heads the permanent secretariat of the association and is currently responsible for conceptualizing and implementing the association’s activities around regulatory affairs, industry standards, research, communications and promotional events.

Before joining IAMAI, Subho was the director for the ICT vertical at the Confederation of Indian Industry in New Delhi, where he worked since 1998.His other significant roles in CII have been as head of Internal Communications and an overseas stint at the Confederation’s London office.

Established in 2004, IAMAI is the only industry association in India representing the collective voice and interests of the online and mobile content industry.

Mr. Subho Ray

(President, IAMAI)

Mr. Tarek Kamel

Mr. Tarek Kamel

Sr. Advisor to President ICANN; SVP, Govt. and IGO engagement; Expert in Global Internet Governance Issues

Tarek Kamel is an Egyptian expert in global Internet governance issues. Kamel has been involved in global Internet Governance issues and he is well known for his support of the Multistakeholder governance model of the Internet.

In August 2012 ICANN appointed TarekKamel to serve as a Senior Advisor to its President; and by that he is the first one from the developing countries to take one of the leading roles in ICANN’s senior management. Prior to joining ICANN, he was a board member of the National Telecom Regulatory Authority of Egypt from April 2011- July 2012.

Kamel is known for his visionary strategy in driving and developing Egypt's ICT sector, leading Egypt into the global Information Society. He has led many national initiatives to increase Internet and broadband penetration in Egypt. He has been the main proponent of Egypt's programs to reform and deregulate the telecommunications sector.

Kamel graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at Cairo University with a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and then also completed a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at the same school. From 1989 to 1992 he pursued his Ph.D. in Germany at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of the Technical University of Munich with the support of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Mr. Tarek Kamel

(Sr. Advisor to President ICANN; SVP, Govt. and IGO engagement; Expert in Global Internet...)

Mr. Veni Markovski

Mr. Veni Markovski

Bulgarian Internet pioneer, co-founder and CEO of bol.bg

Veni Markovski is based in New York, and is responsible for the relations with the United Nations, the UN Agencies in New York, and the Permanent Missions to the United Nations.

Veni Markovski graduated law, but before that, back in September 1990 he started his work on the Internet, as a system operator of the first Sofia-based bulletin-board system, part of FidoNet. In 1995 he co-founded the Bulgarian Internet Society, a non-profit, of which he serves as President and chairman of the Board. In March 2002 Mr. Markovski was appointed as Chairman of the Bulgarian President's IT Advisory Council, a position he held until the President stepped down from office at the end of his second term on January 22, 2012.

In 2005 he was invited to be the senior international projects adviser to the chairman of the governmental Agency for Information Technologies and communications, a position that he held until 2009.

Since the beginning of his career, Veni has been involved in different international organizations and programs on different levels - as project manager, adviser, senior adviser, advocate for policy changes, mediator, board member, etc. He has served on the Boards of CPSR, ISOC, ICANN, among others.

Mr. Veni Markovski

(Bulgarian Internet pioneer, co-founder and CEO of bol.bg)

Academia

Professor Anil K Gupta

Mr. Anil K. Gupta

Indian Institute of Management, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad

Anil K Gupta is a professor at the Centre for Management in Agriculture, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He is also the founder of Honey Bee Network.

Courses taught by him at IIMA include Globalizing and Resurgent India through Innovative Transformation (GRIT) with late Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, former President of India as co-faculty, and Doctoral level courses viz., Institution Building (IB), Strategic Management of Intellectual Property Rights (SMIPR), Technology Management, MTSA etc.

His mission is to expand the global as well as local space for innovations at grassroots and college level, link ideas in informal and formal sector, ensure recognition, respect and reward for creative people; creating knowledge networks for augmenting innovations and Unfolding creative potential of individuals, institutions and societies through frugal, flexible and friendly empathetic innovations.

Mr. Anil K. Gupta

(Indian Institute of Management, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad)

Prof. Anupam Basu

Mr. Anupam Basu

Chairman and Head, Centre for Educational Technology

Anupam Basu is a professor at Department of Computer Science Engineering in IIT Kharagpur, India. He previously taught at University of California, Irvine and University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada as a visiting Professor and has been the Humboldt Fellow at TU Dortmund, Germany.

His area of teaching includes - Computer Architecture, Operating Systems and Embedded Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Intelligent Systems and Cognitive Science.

His research interests are Embedded Systems, Natural Language Processing, Assistive Technology, Natural Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction and ICT4D.

Mr. Anupam Basu

(Chairman and Head, Centre for Educational Technology)

Mr. Biplav Srivastava

Mr. Biplav Srivastava

Research Staff Member and Master Inventor Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY USA, ACM Distinguished Scientist and Speaker

Dr.Biplav is an experienced researcher and technologist interested in enabling people to make rational decisions despite real world complexities of poor data, changing goals and limited resources by augmenting their cognitive limitations with technology. His expertise is in Artificial Intelligence, Services and Sustainability, with proven track record of many science firsts and high-impact innovation (up to $B+) in global business environment.

Dr Biplav has received major recognitions for technical work, patents and prototypes from IBM and external community, interacted with commercial customers as well as universities and governments, represented company at standard bodies, and assisted business leaders at highest levels with technical issues

Mr. Biplav Srivastava

(Research Staff Member and Master Inventor Thomas J. Watson Research Center...)

Ms. Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe

Ms. Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe

Executive Director, Global Digital Policy Incubator; Adjunct Professor, Center for Democracy, Development and the rule of law, Stanford University; Former US ambassador to UNHRC

Eileen Donahoe is Executive Director of the Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford University’s Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, where she works to develop global digital policies that address human rights, security and governance challenges. She served as the first US Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, during the Obama Administration.

After leaving government, she was Director of Global Affairs at Human Rights Watch where she represented the organization worldwide on human rights foreign policy. Eileen is a member of the World Economic Forum Council on the Future of Human Rights; the University of Essex Advisory Board on Human Rights, Big Data and Technology; the Freedom Online Coalition Working Group on Freedom & Security; and the Benetech Advisory Board.

She holds a BA from Dartmouth, an M.T.S. from Harvard, a J.D. from Stanford Law School, an MA in East Asian Studies from Stanford, and a Ph.D. in Ethics and Social Theory from GTU at UC Berkeley. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Ms. Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe

(Executive Director, Global Digital Policy Incubator; Adjunct Professor, Center for...)

Dr. Elsa Estevez

Dr. Elsa Estevez

Adjunct Professor at National University of the South, Argentina

Elsa Estevez is an Adjunct Professor at National University of the South. Previously, she was a Senior Academic Programme Officer at the United Nations University Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV) in Guimarães, Portugal; Academic Programme Officer at the UNU International Institute for Software Technology in Macao, China; Assistant Professor at the National University of the South, Argentina; visiting professor in three universities in Argentina; and head of information technology departments in major financial and pharmaceutical organizations in Argentina.

Her research interests include context specific public service delivery, development and operation of the Government Chief Information Officer (GCIO) function, Electronic Governance (EGOV) for Sustainable Development, Smart City for Development, and Citizen Participation; the results are published in many book chapters, journal articles, conference papers and project reports. She has also delivered executive trainings to many groups of national, sectoral and city-level GCIOs around the world; organized conferences and schools to raise EGOV awareness and capacity in many developing countries; and managed research and development projects funded by the Macao Foundation, IDRC and several national governments.

Most recently she assisted the Colombian Government towards the development of the national GCIO function, chaired the juries of the Gulf Cooperation Council e-Government Award in Kuwait and United Arab Emirates, and served as Programme Committee Co-Chair of three editions of the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV) in Estonia, Portugal and Uruguay. She holds PhD and MSc degrees in Computer Science from the National University of the South, Argentina.

Dr. Elsa Estevez

(Executive Director, Global Digital Policy Incubator; Adjunct Professor, Center for...)

Mr. Harjinder Singh Lallie

Mr. Harjinder Singh Lallie

Principal Teaching Fellow, Cyber Security, Univ. of Warwick, UK

Mr Harjinder Singh Lallie holds a BSc and an MSc from Birmingham City University and an MPhil from the University of Birmingham. He joined WMG in 2011.

Harjinder is a Senior Teaching Fellow responsible for the coordination and organisation of the MSc Cyber Security and Management master’s programme.

Harjinder is an experienced academic who has more than 13 years of teaching and tutoring experience in the areas of Information Security, Security Protocols and Digital Forensics.

Research Interests include - Digital Evidence Management, Geo-Positional Forensics and Developing Social networks/structures from disparate and complex sources of evidence.

Mr. Harjinder Singh Lallie

(Principal Teaching Fellow, Cyber Security, Univ. of Warwick, UK)

Mr. Jonathan Reiber

Mr. Jonathan Reiber

Senior Fellow and Writer, University of Berkley

Cyber resilience | national contingency planning | US-India relations and Asia-Pacific security | risk management

Jonathan Reiber is a Senior Fellow and writer at Berkeley's Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity. He focuses his research and writing on resilience, national contingency planning, and cybersecurity in the Asia-Pacific region.

Prior to his appointment at Berkeley, Mr. Reiber held a number of positions in the Obama Administration within the U.S. Department of Defense. In his last position, he served as Chief Strategy Officer for Cyber Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. As Chief Strategy Officer he advised the Pentagon leadership and led strategic initiatives across the cyber policy portfolio, to include strategic planning; key international, interagency, and industry partnerships; and strategic communications.

From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Reiber was Research Manager at Ergo, a consulting and intelligence firm focusing on emerging markets. At Ergo he coordinated scenario planning exercises and deep-dive geopolitical analysis, advising Fortune 500 companies and other organizations on the political and social affairs of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

Mr. Reiber is a graduate of Middlebury College, where he studied Religion, and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he focused his studies on international security and U.S. diplomatic history and served as Editor-in-Chief of The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs.

Mr. Jonathan Reiber

(Senior Fellow and Writer, University of Berkley)

Mr. Manindra Agarwal

Mr. Manindra Agarwal

Prof, IIT Kanpur

Prof. Manindra Agrawal is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. In 2003, he was conferred with the Distinguished Alumnus Award in recognition of his work on Complexity Theory and for developing a Polynomial Time Algorithm for Primality Testing.

He received his B.Tech. and Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1986 and 1991, respectively. He later worked as a fellow at the School of Mathematics, SPIC Science Foundation, Chennai from 1993 to 1995, and a Humboldt Fellow at the University of Ulm, Germany, from 1995 to 1996. In 1996, he joined as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Kanpur.

He co-created the AKS primarily test with Neeraj Kayal and Nitin Saxena for which he and his co-authors won the 2006 Fulkerson Prize and the 2006 Godel Prize. He was also awarded the Clay Research Award for this work in 2002. The test is the first unconditional deterministic algorithm to test an n-digit number for primarily in a time that has been proven to be polynomial.


Awards and Honors

  • Goyal Prize, 2017
  • NASI-Reliance Platinum Jubilee Award, 2015
  • ACCS-CDAC Foundation Award, 2014
  • Padma Shri by Government of India, 2013
  • H. K. Firodia Award, 2011
  • TWAS Prize in Mathematics, 2011
  • Rajib Goyal Prize, 2010
  • G. D. Birla Award for Scientific Research, 2009
  • Infosys Mathematics Prize, 2008
  • Fulkerson Prize, 2006
  • Godel Prize, 2006
  • ICTP (International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste) prize, 2003
  • Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award in Mathematical Sciences, 2003

Mr. Manindra Agarwal

(Prof, IIT Kanpur)

Mr. M. P. Gupta

Mr. M. P. Gupta

Dhananjaya Chair Professor, IIT Delhi

Professor & Head at Management Department, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (India); area Chair of Information Systems & also Coordinator-Center for Excellence in E-gov at IIT Delhi.

Known for pioneering works in the area of e-governance, he has been spending significant amount of resources in developing cases, tools and frameworks to promote e-governance research in the country. These included 24 Doctoral thesis, 17 sponsored projects worth >5 crores, co-authored book 'Government Online', two other edited books 'Towards E-government' & 'Promise of E-governance’ and 200+ research papers appeared in National and International Journals/Conference Proceedings]. Founded the International Conference on E-governance (ICEG) in 2003 which is running into its 12th year with 14 edited volumes (largest collection of literature on e-gov) available freely at www.iceg.net.

He has been closely following Government of India (GoI) National Plan on E-gov which is now rechristened into an umbrella program of ‘Digital India’. His studies have suitably fed into these programs in general and ‘Cyber Security Policy of India’ in particular. His recent interest lies into exploring some the issues of smart cities. With ready expertise of e-governance, it is logical to design studies addressing challenges of ‘smart city governance’. In pursuits of the same, he is steering an European Union funded (Horzon-2020) project ‘EU-India Cooperation Platform in Future Internet and Electronic Media’, which deals with the setting up of cluster to cluster partnerships between India and EU into areas pertaining to the convergence and/or intersection of Future Internet and Digital MEDIA (FI-MEDIA). Some of the key areas of smart cities have been identified for cooperation and knowledge sharing. He has also developed a report on ‘Smart Campus@IITD’ setting the agenda for smart campus living at IIT Delhi. This was recently presented at Frankfurt Book Fair during 14-16 Oct 2015 at the NEM summit.

He is also a member of core team steering ‘Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA)’ where aim is to bring transformational change in rural development processes by leveraging knowledge institutions (IITs, NITs, IIMs etc.). He is responsible for developing resources on ‘Smart Village’ which forms an important agenda under UBA. Interesting collaboration ideas on FIWARE from European Union (EU) and smart farming in particular from the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), Ireland, have garnered significant interest in UBA, especially in relation to monitoring of animals health and the impacts to/ from their feeding practices using ‘smart technologies’.

He is involved in several policy making committees on ICT in the Center and State Governments in India; also on jury of prestigious awards committees viz. National Awards on e-gov, Data Security Council of India (DSCI), Computer Society of India (CSI) Egov Awards and Web Ratna Awards which is now renamed as ‘Digital India Awards’ since 2016’. A recipient of the prestigious Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) fellowship of Shastri Indo Canadian Institute, Calgary (Canada) 1996 and was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Manitoba. Conferred Best Professor award in 2012 at Singapore World Education Congress and CMO Asia.

Mr. M. P. Gupta

(Dhananjaya Chair Professor-IIT Delhi)

Mr. Nii Quaynor

Mr. Nii Quaynor

Father of the African Internet, Member of the Internet Governance Forum Advisory Group at the United Nations, and Chairman of the Board of Directors at National Information Technology Agency

Nii Quaynor worked with DEC, U.S.A from 1977 till 1992 and returned to Ghana to establish the first ISP operated by Network Computer Systems in 1993. In 1977 established the Computer Science department at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.

He the Convener of AfNOG, a network technology transfer institution since 2000 and founding Chairman of AFRINIC, the African numbers registry. He taught Microprocessors with International Center for Theoretical Physics in several developing countries.

Nii served on several Boards including ICANN, UN ICT Task Force, IGF-MAG, NITA-Ghana. He is a member of GhiPPS and NIA Boards, Patron – ISOC Ghana Chapter, Chairman, ICANN Strategy Panel, Public Responsibility.

He remains the Chairman of GDC and a Professor of Computer Science at University of Cape-Coast, Ghana.Nii received the Internet Society’s prestigious Jonathan Postal Service Award for pioneering work to advance Internet in Africa, December 2007. He was also inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in August 2013 for his pioneering role in the development of the Internet in Africa.

Nii Quaynor graduated from Dartmouth College in 1972 with B.A (Engineering Science) and received a Ph.D (Computer Science) in distributed systems in 1977 from S.U.N.Y at Stony Brook

Mr. Nii Quaynor

(Father of the African Internet, Member of the Internet Governance Forum Advisory...)

Prof. PK

Prof. PK

CSE, IIIT Delhi

Ponnurangam Kumaraguru ("PK") Associate Professor, is currently the Hemant Bharat Ram Faculty Research Fellow at the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Delhi, India. PK is the Founding Head of Cybersecurity Education and Research Centre (CERC). PK is one of ACM India Eminent Speakers. He received his Ph.D. from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).

His research interests include Privacy, e-Crime, Online Social Media, and Usable Security, in particular, these days he has been dabbling with complex networked systems (e.g. social web systems like Twitter, Facebook, and telephone logs).

PK has received research funds from Government of India, National Science Foundation (NSF), USA, industry bodies in India, and International Development Research Centre. He is serving as a PC member in prestigious conferences like WWW, AsiaCCS and he is also serving as a reviewer for International Journal of Information Security and ACM's Transactions on Internet Technology (TOIT). PK’s Ph.D. thesis work on anti-phishing research at Carnegie Mellon University has contributed in creating an award winning start-up Wombat Security Technologies wombatsecurity.com.

Prof. PK

(CSE, IIIT Delhi)

Mr. R. K. Shyamasundar

Mr. R. K. Shyamasundar

JC Bose National Fellow & Distinguished V. Professor, IIT Bombay

Prof. R.K. Shyamasundar is with the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai where he is currently a Senior Professor and JC Bose National Fellow. He was the Founder Dean of the School of Technology and Computer Science. He took his B.E. (Electrical Engineering.) from University of Mysore, M.E. ( Electrical Engineering) from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and Ph.D.(Computer Science and Automation), from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

His principle areas of research are: Specification, Design and Verification of reactive and real-time systems, Programming Languages, Logics of programs, Formal methods, Computer and Network & Information Security. He has published widely and has more than 200 publications in refereed journals, conference proceedings, two monograph, several edited books, and holds several patents in US and India.

He has given several invited talks at various conferences and has guided more than 35 Ph.D. students who are occupying leading positions in academia and industry. He is a Fellow IEEE , Fellow ACM and serves on IEEE EsterelStd Committee.

Mr. R. K. Shyamasundar

(JC Bose National Fellow & Distinguished V. Professor, IIT Bombay)

Dr. V. Kamakoti

Dr. V. Kamakoti

Professor, Deptt. Of Comp Science and Engg., IIT Madras

Dr. V. Kamakoti, Professor at Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras has been selected as a recipient of IBM Faculty Award 2016. The IBM Faculty Awards is a competitive worldwide program intended to foster collaboration between researchers at leading universities worldwide and those in IBM research, development and services organizations.

Dr. V. Kamakoti was selected under Core Technologies category of the IBM Faculty Awards for the project “Distributed timing and congestion driven placement”. The professors from the other countries who are recipients in the Core Technologies are as followed: Babu S.V., Clarkson University; Gizopoulos Dimitris, University of Athens; Michielssen Eric, University of Michigan; Albertson Lance, Oregon State University; GaoGuangyu, Beijing Institute of Technology; and Jensen Carlos Oregon State University.

Dr. V. Kamakoti

(Professor, Deptt. Of Comp Science and Engg., IIT Madras)

Prof. Wojciech Cellary

Prof. Wojciech Cellary

Head of the Department, Poznan University of Economics and Business

WOJCIECH CELLARY received the M.Sc. (1974), Ph.D. (1977) and Dr.Hab. (1981) degrees all from the Technical University of Poznan. In 1989 he received the title of Professor. From 1974 to 1992 he was with the Technical University of Poznan from 1987 to 1991 serving as the scientific director of the Institute of Computing Science. From 1992 to 1996 he served as the vice-president responsible for research of the Franco-Polish School of New Information and Communication Technologies. In 1996 he joined the Poznan University of Economics. Currently he is the head of the Department of Information Technology.

He has been a visiting professor at the following universities in France and Italy: University of Nancy I, University of Nancy II, University of Paris-Sud, University of Paris-Dauphine, University of Genova, and University of Ancona. He has been a leader of numerous research and industrial projects on the development of hardware and software of computer systems and their applications in telecommunications, the computer industry, the electric power industry, education and administration. The projects were supported by Polish, French and American industry, as well as 4th, 5th, and 6th EU Framework Programme. He served as a consultant to the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Ministry of Administration and Digitalization, Ministry of Telecommunications, Ministry of Regional Development, Ministry of Economy, Polish Parliament, and several research institutes and governmental projects.

He has been involved in organization of 38 scientific national and international conferences and he has been a member of the program committees of an additional 300 conferences. He is an author or co-author of numerous publications: 11 books, 21 chapters in books, and over 155 articles in journals and conference proceedings. Beside research and teaching his professional activity encompasses consulting, membership in numerous professional organizations, editorial boards of scientific journals, think tanks, committees, councils, and various associations. He is a recipient of many awards for achievements in research and teaching. He supervised 17 PhD Theses, 4 of them received distinction, 1 of them received two awards in the national contests for outstanding PhD Thesis organized by two professional societies. In 2002 he was a representative of Poland at the General Assembly of United Nations devoted to "ICT for Development".

He teaches courses on Electronic Business both in Polish and English attended by over 700 students annually at the Poznan University of Economics.

Prof. Wojciech Cellary

(Head of the Department, Poznan University of Economics and Business)

Government

Amitabh Kant

Mr. Amitabh Kant

CEO Niti Aayog

Mr Amitabh Kant is presently CEO, NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India). NITI is a Government of India institution for catalysing the development process, nurturing an overall enabling environment by working in partnership with States, by being a Knowledge hub and a Think Tank by facilitating implementation. Amitabh Kant is a member of the Indian Administrative Service, IAS (Kerala Cadre: 1980 Batch).

He was also the Chairman of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC) and National Productivity Council.

He is the author of “Branding India – An Incredible Story” and has been a key driver of “Make in India”, Startup India, “Incredible India” and “God’s Own Country” initiatives which positioned and branded India and Kerala State as leading manufacturing tourism destinations.

Amitabh Kant did his schooling from Modern School, Delhi, graduation in Economics (Hons) from St. Stephens, Delhi University and M.A from Jawaharlal Nehru University. He is a Chevening Scholar. He has undertaken the Mid Career Programme of Harvard University, John F Kennedy School of Government and Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Mr. Amitabh Kant

(CEO Niti Aayog)

David Martinon

Mr. David Martinon

Ambassador for Cyber Diplomacy and the Digital Economy, France

David Martinon started out handling communication at the “General congress of the opposition” in 1990, before becoming a political communication and electoral marketing adviser at the company Acte Public Communication from 1991 to 1994. François Léotard, Minister of Defence, then recruited him as special assistant for communication in 1995.

After completing studies at the French National School of Public Administration (ENA), he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and became, from 1998 to 2001, deputy spokesperson of the Ministry, which was then led by the socialist Hubert Védrine. He then became a desk officer at the European Cooperation Directorate (Department of Internal Community Affairs) in the same Ministry.

In May 2002, Nicolas Sarkozy, Minister of the Interior, made him his diplomatic adviser. In 2002, he was responsible for negotiating the closure of the Sangatte refugees centre.

David Martinon was later appointed Special Representative of France for International Negotiations on the Information Society and the Digital Economy, on 3 May 2013. In October 2015, he was appointed Ambassador for Cyber Diplomacy and the Digital Economy, incorporating cyber security issues into his brief.

Mr. David Martinon

(Ambassador for Cyber Diplomacy and the Digital Economy, France)

Ira Singhal

Ms. Ira Singhal

IAS Topper

Ira Singhal is 2015 batch, AGMUT cadre Indian Administrative Service officer. She was the highest scoring individual in the UPSC's Civil Services Examination for the year 2014. She completed her B.E. from NSIT, University of Delhi. Singhal topped the exam in her fourth attempt, to become the first physically challenged woman to top the civil services exam in the general category.

Passing the Civil Service Examination in 2010 was not enough as authorities cited her inability to push, pull and lift. She was refused a posting because she suffers from scoliosis or curvature of the spine. In 2012 she filed a case in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) and won after four years, after which she was given a posting as Assistant Commissioner in Indian Revenue Service (C&CE). Ms Singhal gave the civil service examination in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 & in first three attempts she got service whereas in 2014 she got Indian Administrative Service.

After MBA, before sitting for Civil Services Examination in 2010, she worked as a Strategy Manager in Cadbury India and as marketing intern at the Coca Cola Company. She is posted as Assistant Collector (trainee) in the Government of Delhi since June 2016.

Ms. Ira Singhal

(IAS Topper)

Kriangsak Kittichaisaree

Mr. Kriangsak Kittichaisaree

Member, UN International Law Commission

Prof. Kriangsak Kittichaisaree is currently Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Russian Federation and, concurrently, Armenia, Belarus, Moldova, and Uzbekistan.

He has served as Thailand’s Ambassador to Iran and Australia (and, concurrently, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu); Director-General of the Department of International Organizations; Deputy Director-General of the Department of Treaty and Legal Affairs; and eminent adviser of the Constitutional Court of Thailand.

He recently finished his term as a member of the International Law Commission (ILC) of the UN (2012-2016), where he was in charge of the successful completion of the ILC’s topic “Obligation to extradite or prosecute (aut dedere aut judicare)” in 2014. He did not seek re-election to the ILC as he respects the need for a rotation of seats in that august international law body. After a Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 1986, with his thesis entitled “The 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Protection of State Interests in Maritime Natural Resources: With Special Reference to South-East Asia”, he has been actively involved in a number of important negotiations and meetings on the law of the sea throughout his career.

Mr. Kriangsak Kittichaisaree

(Member, UN International Law Commission)

M. J. Akbar

Mr. M. J. Akbar

MoS, MEA

Shri M. J. Akbar is a distinguished writer who has authored several internationally acclaimed books, mainly on the Indian subcontinent's complex history and the turbulent interaction between faith and definitions of nationalism. In addition, there have been four collections of his columns, reportage and essays. His books have been translated into many languages.

His contribution to contemporary debate has been widely acknowledged. Shri M. J. Akbar has also had an illustrious career as a journalist and editor. In 1976, he launched, as Editor, India’s first weekly political news magazine, Sunday, which quickly became a household presence. He started two daily newspapers: The Telegraph in 1982 and The Asian Age in 1994. He has served as the Editorial Director of India Today, Headlines Today and as the editor of the Deccan Chronicle and The Sunday Guardian. He assumed charge as the Minister of State for External Affairs on July 6, 2016.

Mr. M. J. Akbar

(MoS, MEA)

Ambassador Marina Kalijurand

Ms. Marina Kalijurand

Chair, Global Commission on Stability of Cyber Space, Estonia

Marina Kaljurand served as Estonian Foreign Minister from 2015 July – 2016 October. She began her career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1991 and had since held several leadership positions, including Undersecretary for Legal and Consular Affairs (Legal Adviser), Undersecretary for Trade and Development Cooperation, Undersecretary for Political Affairs. She has also been appointed as Ambassador of Estonia to several countries, including the State of Israel, the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Canada and the United States of America.

Marina Kaljurand graduated with cum laude from Tartu University (M.A. in Law), she also has a professional diploma from Estonian School of Diplomacy and an M.A. degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Additionally, she has undergone professional training at the Universities of Lapland, Pittsburgh and Durham and at the Civil Service College in London. She is a founding member of the Estonian branch of the International Law Association and of WIIS-EST (Estonian branch of Women in International Security).

Ms. Marina Kalijurand

(Chair, Global Commission on Stability of Cyber Space, Estonia)

Ram Sewak Sharma

Mr. Ram Sewak Sharma

Chairman, TRAI

Ram Sewak Sharma is an Indian Bureaucrat. Currently, he is the Chairman of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). Prior to this assignment, he worked as the Secretary, Department of Electronics and Information Technology (under Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India).

Ram Sewak Sharma joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1978. In 1986, he wrote a program in DBASE, a programming language that would keep a record of all stolen firearms in the crime-prone district.

Sharma has held posts in six state departments in the past seven years. He was transferred nine times in a span of six years in Jharkhand.

Born in a small village of Uttar Pradesh, he completed his early education from schools near his village. He, thereafter joined University of Allahabad where he completed his bachelor of Science (BSc) in 1974. In 1976, he completed his masters in Mathematics from IIT, Kanpur. Later, in 2000, he left and went for study, doing his Masters in Computer Science from University of California, Riverside.

Mr. Ram Sewak Sharma

(Chairman, TRAI)

Uriël Uri Rosenthal

Mr. Uriël "Uri" Rosenthal

Ex- Foreign Minister, The Netherlands

Uriel "Uri" Rosenthal is a Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Cabinet Rutte I from 14 October 2010 until 5 November 2012. He previously served as a Member of the Senate from 8 June 1999 until 14 October 2010 and the Parliamentary leader in the Senate from 5 May 2005 until 14 October 2010.

A professor of political science and public administration by occupation, he taught from 1980 until 2010 at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Leiden University.

From 1987 until 2011 he was a professor of public administration at the Leiden University. He was elected Member of the Senate as a member of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy and took office on 8 June 1999.

He became the Parliamentary leader in the Senate on 5 May 2005. He has been nominated by the Dutch Government to serve as the Special Envoy for the fourth International Cyberspace Conference to be held in 2015.

Mr. Uriël "Uri" Rosenthal

(Ex- Foreign Minister, The Netherlands)

Civil Society

Anja Kovacs

Ms. Anja Kovacs

Director, Internet Democracy Project

Dr Anja Kovacs directs the Internet Democracy Project in Delhi. India. The Project engages in research and advocacy on the promises and challenges that the Internet poses for democracy and social justice in India and beyond. Anja’s work focuses especially on questions regarding freedom of expression, cybersecurity and the architecture of Internet governance.

She is currently a member of the of the Investment Committee of the Digital Defenders Partnership; of the interim Steering Committee of Best Bits, a global network of civil society members; and of the Steering Committee of 1net, a global multi stakeholder initiative. She has also worked as an international consultant on Internet issues, including for the United Nations Development Programme Asia Pacific and the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, Mr. Frank La Rue, and has been a Fellow at the Centre for Internet and Society in Bangalore, India.

Ms. Anja Kovacs

(Director, Internet Democracy Project)

Mr Scott Nolan Smith

Mr Scott Nolan Smith

Board Member and Co-founder of Digital Diplomacy Coalition (DDC)

Scott Nolan Smith is the founder and board member of the Digital Diplomacy Coalition, and previously managed digital strategy for an international broadcast bureau in Washington.

He advises clients on media and digital engagement strategy, international affairs, public diplomacy, soft power, crisis communications, branding and digital transformation.

Prior to joining Portland, he was the Head of Digital at the British Embassy in Washington where he was responsible for all digital platforms, digital media engagement, and creative content for UK posts across the US, and served as an in-person trainer and regional lead for dozens of UK missions across the Americas.

He has spoken at a number of US and international forums, including the Hiroshima Global Business Conference for World Peace, Sister Cities International Conference, American Society for International Law (ASIL) Annual Meeting, UN Social Media Day, Collaborate DC, Social Media Strategies Summit in Chicago, Campus Party Quito, Social Media Week in both New York City and Washington DC, and others.

He earned Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hawaii Pacific University and Master of Arts in Diplomacy from Norwich University. He also served as a guest instructor at the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University.

Mr Scott Nolan Smith

(Board Member and Co-founder of Digital Diplomacy Coalition (DDC))